The Atonement Child

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The Atonement Child
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First edition
Author Francine Rivers
Country United States
Language English
Genre Christian novel
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date
14 September 1997
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 375 pp
ISBN 0-8423-0041-4
OCLC 36074386
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3568.I83165 A95 1997

The Atonement Child is a 1997 novel by the American author Francine Rivers. It deals with the themes of unwanted pregnancy and abortion.

Plot introduction[edit]

Dynah is a young Christian college girl at a Bible college when rape shatters her life. The resulting pregnancy and reactions from her family and friends may in turn shatter her faith. As her pro-life fiance suddenly finds abortion acceptable, and her pro-life school informs her that she will be expelled unless her pregnancy disappears, she is forced to wonder about their views of the world, what God has said in the Bible, and of her own unsteady pro-life views. At home she finds her family torn apart as her mother admits to an abortion before she had Dynah that made her incapable of having children for several years. She also learns that her grandmother was forced to have an abortion for "health reasons". Dynah is eventually driven to isolate herself so that she can make the decision on her own. As her mother's "Atonement Child", Dynah must come to the decision on whether or not to have her own "Atonement Child".